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30 Hurt When Greyhound Bus Overturns on I-440

Posted August 1, 2007

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— Thirty people were injured early Wednesday when a Greyhound bus flipped on an exit ramp on the Interstate 440 Inner Beltline, authorities said.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, but the passengers, many complaining of bumps, bruises and neck and back injuries, were transported to local hospitals – 15 to WakeMed, eight to Rex Hospital and seven to Duke Raleigh Hospital.

The accident happened at about 12:40 a.m. when the bus exiting the Beltline onto U.S. Highway 64 East flipped once, according to Wake County emergency dispatch.

The bus driver, Aarron Wesley Jenkins, of Richmond, Va., was charged with careless and reckless driving.

A police report said Jenkins was going too fast for the exit ramp and hit the brakes, leaving 131 feet of skid marks before leaving the road. Once the bus was off the road, it traveled 123 feet before flipping on its side.

"People were screaming, 'Oh, my God. Help me. Help me,'" said passenger Dena Francis.

Forty-seven passengers were on the bus, Raleigh police said. Officials said the bus made stops in Fayetteville and Raleigh and was headed to Richmond.

"The bus driver took the turn too fast and lost control and flipped the bus," said passenger Eric Rowland.

"As soon as we made it around the turn, I felt the bus shift and I knew we were going to fall," said passenger Clayton Keefer.

Greyhound has established a passenger information line at 800-972-4583. Another bus picked up those passengers who were not injured at about 2:30 a.m. to carry them to their various destinations.

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  • Smorgas_Of_Borg Aug 1, 2007

    "Former driver for Greyhound" would be appropriate now. I'm glad no one was seriously injured in the wreck.

    The references to invoking god in these situations reminds me of that exchange in "Lethal Weapon" by Danny Glover over why he got paired with the 'psycho' Mel Gibson.

    Glover: "God hates me. That's what it is"
    Gibson, lighting cigarette: "Hate him back.... Works for me."

  • Here We Go Again Aug 1, 2007

    I would just to say what a great job all the EMS and Fire personnel did on this incident. It was quite chaotic when we first got there, but the superb efforts of WCEMS, RFD, EWEMS, GEMS and anyone else I missed(sorry) made it work like a well-oiled machine. You can only imagine the sight of driving up and seeing a large bus lying across the entire on ramp of I440 on it's side with people walking around in a daze.

    As a side note-there were not any major injuries and everyone that needed it was seen at a local hospital (no matter what insurance..lol) in well under an hour.

  • Iseeu Aug 1, 2007

    headline should read 30 soon to be rich people......

  • linnway Aug 1, 2007

    Mr. Feelgood - up near Rocky Mount you can get on I-95.

  • cbarnett Aug 1, 2007

    Greyhound just hires BAD drivers. I had a Greyhound following me on US 1 about a year ago. Theye came up beside me on the right and cut right over on me. I had to hit my brakes. They continued on weaving in and out of traffic like no one else was even on the highway.

  • pinklady-1 Aug 1, 2007

    glad to hear that no one was seriously hurt...

  • Arkansas Razorback Aug 1, 2007

    KUDOS to Dean's. I love those guys. Way to go Daryl.

  • .Milky Aug 1, 2007

    Lightfoot - I'm still the same old guy, I've just yielded the floor.

  • Steve Crisp Aug 1, 2007

    I saw a truck flip once on a ramp. It was like watching something in slow motion. The forces really aren't that great when they just tip over and slide. It would be very interesting to see the pattern of injuries, though. Just speculating, I would think that the majority of injuries would be with passangers on the side of the bus that was actually on the ground who were injured when the folks from the other side of the bus fell on them.

  • dogsrule12cheek Aug 1, 2007

    I am with you (go Panthers) where was the fire he had to be going pretty fast to leave skid marks like that.

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